Back to School Teacher Gifts!

How is it the middle of August already? Bells will ring, announcing the start of a new school year, and students and teachers, alike, will be back in the thick of it all before we know it!

Our teachers give so much of themselves, year after year. As our children prepare to return to fill their classrooms, let’s add to their supply lists a small gift of appreciation and encouragement!

We’ve got three simple projects for you and your kiddos to work on and bring to your teachers on that momentous first day.

First, we have a fun twist on the traditional school apple.

Did you know that, back in the 1700s, some families would give teachers a basket full of apples as payment for their child’s education? Now-a-days, the gifting of apples (or an apple) shifted from attempted compensation to a kind gesture of appreciation.

We’ve got a delicious variation of this popular gift with these gorgeous paper apples.

You will need three different color/pattern papers for the body of the apples, another paper for the leaf, and another for the tag (if you choose to add a tag). You will also need a pencil (cut down to 6″), adhesive, and twine.

We used a combination of shapes from our Art Philosophy Cricut® collection and free shapes available through Cricut Design Space™ to cut the pieces you see here. (School Apple Cricut Design Space™ file.) If you don’t have a cutting machine, we kept the shapes fairly simple so they could be recreated by hand. We recommend making the apple shape first, on a scratch piece of paper, and then using this as a template to trace and hand trim the six apples needed for the 3-D apple shape.

Once you have all of your shapes cut, fold the apple pieces along the score lines and attach them to each other, as shown above. (For those of you who cut these shapes by hand, there should be two score lines in the middle of each, approx. ⅜” apart.) Before attaching the last two wedges together, closing the circle, glue the pencil inside the “core.”

Embellish the apple with a leaf and a tag and then it’s ready for school!

Dressed up sticky notes is another fun way to show your teachers a little love. You know they will use sticky notes throughout the school year, so why not add a little flair and present them as gift?

To make one of these, you will need a 3″ x 3″ sticky note pad, one sheet of cardstock for the base of the holder, hook and loop dots (aka velcro dots), adhesive, and any type of embellishment you wish to add to the inside or outside of the base.

Use this Design Space file to cut the long, scalloped and scored rectangle cardstock piece you see here. (If you are cutting it by hand, the rectangle is 3¼” x 8½” and has score lines at 2⅛”, 2⅝”, 5⅞”, 6⅜” from the bottom.) Once you’ve cut and scored the cardstock, this project is pretty intuitive. First, attach the note pad to the center of the cardstock. Next, fold the pieces up and around the note pad. Then, embellish the top of the holder however you’d like, and finish by adding a hook and loop pair for the closing.

The last diy gift of appreciation we’re showing you today is actually a gift box for you to make and then fill with small goodies.

To make one of these boxes you will need two sheets of cardstock or pattern paper (that’s if you’d like for the box insert and sleeve to be different colors or designs), adhesive, and embellishments of your choice.

Use this Design Space file to cut the necessary shapes. (If you don’t have a cutting machine and would like to make a gift box, use this link to learn how to make one similar to the one shown here.)

Fold the cut paper along the score lines and attach them with adhesive to create the sleeve and box insert. Decorate the top of the box with additional papers, the teacher’s name, and other embellishments, and then fill it with goodies you know your teacher would like (tissues, lotion, hand sanitizer, a gift card, candies, etc.). That’s it!

Now, let’s show our teachers some love and encouragement this upcoming school year by letting them know, even in small ways, that we see and recognize their hard work and dedication.

In the comments below, we’d love to hear what you’re doing to show your teachers how much you appreciate them. ❤️

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You’ve Got Class: Teacher Edition

School days are well underway, and not just for the kids! Teachers are some of the world’s most wonderful people. They selflessly dedicate themselves to motivate and inspire others, and aim to make learning an effective and exciting experience. To show our love and support for these education superheroes, we’ve taken the You’ve Got Class collection, originally designed to preserve the best of your child’s school years, and came up with a variation of projects to give as gifts and to use around the classroom.

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Memory Keeping Gift:

Every year we give our teachers gifts, either for holidays or at the end of the school year, showing them just how much they mean to us and to our children. Using the materials from the You’ve Got Class workshop kit, create something truly meaningful and unique that you know they will show off around the teachers’ lounge and will want to keep forever.

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Design scrapbook pages on the included True Fit Folios, completing the first folio with pictures of your child’s class and teacher. Use photo placeholders on the remaining folios for her to add photos of her future classes from the years to come. The folios then become an ideal place for the teacher to preserve her memories and mementos of each passing school year. Lastly, place your decorated folios inside Memory Protectors™ in an album and present this beautiful memory-keeping gift to your teacher. The teachers in your life will never forget your family or this thoughtful gift!

Some Other Ways to Use This Collection Around the Classroom:

More often than not, schools and classrooms come with supply wish lists at the beginning of each academic year. Sometimes these lists are looking for “prizes” that can be handed out in the course of the year to those who’ve done something to earn them. We came up with a few ideas:

Bookmarks!

(No matter how advanced we are with our technology, books are still part of our curriculum 🙂 )
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Gift tags.

Personalized notebook covers.

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Even if your child’s classroom supply wish list doesn’t have these sort of items on it, educators can use these cute additions as welcome gifts to leave on their student’s desks at the beginning of the year, or as a gift during the holidays, or for a treat at Halloween, or simply just because they love their students (including yours).

Whether commemorating the scholastic achievements of your child or showing appreciation for the teachers who guide them along the way, the You’ve Got Class collection is your key to truly classy papercrafting.


Recipes:

12″ x 12″ School Days Folio
CC8187 My Acrylix® You’ve Got Class Stamp Set, Z3373 School Kids Stamp + Thin Cuts, CC8185 You’ve Got Class Paper Packet, CC8186 You’ve Got Class Coordinating Cardstock, Z3271 Archival Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2895 Lagoon Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3274 Clear Sparkles, Z3132 Watercolor Paints, Z3188 Paintbrush Set

2½” x 7″ Bookmarks
CC8187 My Acrylix® You’ve Got Class Stamp Set, Z3373 School Kids Stamp + Thin Cuts, CC8185 You’ve Got Class Paper Packet, CC8186 You’ve Got Class Coordinating Cardstock, Z3271 Archival Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2895 Lagoon Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3274 Clear Sparkles, Z3132 Watercolor Paints, Z3188 Paintbrush Set

Ruler Tags
CC8187 My Acrylix® You’ve Got Class Stamp Set, CC8185 You’ve Got Class Paper Packet, CC8186 You’ve Got Class Coordinating Cardstock, Z2895 Lagoon Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3274 Clear Sparkles

Notebook
CC8187 My Acrylix® You’ve Got Class Stamp Set, C1725My Acrylix® Simply Said Stamp Set, CC8185 You’ve Got Class Paper Packet, CC8186 You’ve Got Class Coordinating Cardstock, Z3271 Archival Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2895 Lagoon Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3274 Clear Sparkles

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Valentine’s Day Ideas for School

Valentine’s Day holds a special place in our hearts because it’s a celebration of card-giving and gift-giving—two of our favorite things! Combine that with loads of sugary sweets, and we’re in heaven! 🙂

Since we love both sweets AND all things paper, we’ve whipped up a few fun ideas for your kids’ school valentines that combine the two—and of course, we’ve also got a cute gift idea for school teachers as well! For these Valentine’s projects, we turned to our treat-themed Sugar Rush papers and embellishments.

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If you’re looking to make lots of cards for your kids’ classes, try making smaller 3″ x 3″ cards. Small cards will help make your paper stretch further, and you can decorate them much quicker! Attach a treat to the inside or back of each card, and you’re set!

We chose to use the Emojis stamp set because we wanted our cards to be playful—and what could be better for that than silly faces? 🙂 To round off the cards, we used some of our Sugar Rush Complements and dots, which perfectly match the papers. Easy peasy.

Have fun “testing” your kids’ candy while designing your own mini card designs—and maybe even let your kids get in on the fun!

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Don’t forget to give those school teachers something sweet, too!  A little thoughtfulness can go a long way!

How about a cupcake with a cute tag? This tag uses our Sugar Rush—Cardmaking stamp set, which has sentiments that are perfect for pairing with desserts.

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When you’re done using this stamp set for creating a school teacher gift, use it to create Valentine’s Day cards and gift tags for your sweetheart, kids, and friends. Then use it again and again for birthdays and other occasions all year long wherever a sweet dessert is involved. 😉


Recipes

3″ x 3″  Valentine’s Cards
C1669 My Acrylix® Emojis Stamp Set, X7215B Sugar Rush Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X7215C Sugar Rush Complements, Z3271 Archival Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2810 Blossom Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2843 Canary Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3310 Sugar Rush Dots, Z3311 Sugar Rush Washi Pack

3 ¼” x 2″ Valentine’s Tags
C1671 My Acrylix® Sugar Rush—Cardmaking Stamp Set, X7215B Sugar Rush Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X7215C Sugar Rush Complements, Z2810 Blossom Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3310 Sugar Rush Dots, Z3216 White Twine, Z3286 Adventure Ribbon Pack, Z3169 Cricut® Artbooking Collection

Cricut® Shapes:
Artbooking
3″ Photo Mat 1 <AllStar> (cut 2, p.83)

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New Thin Cuts!

We’ve just launched four new sets of our exclusive Thin Cuts metal dies! These new Thin Cuts coordinate with four stamp sets in our Annual Inspirations idea book: My Acrylix® School Kids, My Acrylix® Wreath, My Acrylix® Sweet Birthday, and My Acrylix® Swirly Seashells.

The great thing about our Thin Cuts is that they save you so much time—no more fussy-cutting! They also make it SO much easier to cut duplicates of the same shape.

Here is some artwork to show you what we mean.

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Adorable, right? We absolutely love our My Acrylix® School Kids stamp set, and with the new coordinating Thin Cuts, you can make lots of these cute little kiddos in no time. Don’t they just make the most adorable student name cards?

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If you’re a teacher, these Thin Cuts could give you a fast way to decorate name cards, cubbies, and more. You can color in your students’ miniature look-alikes—or get your students in on the fun!

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Creating duplicates of the same shapes also comes in handy when you want to really deck out a scrapbooking page. Here we used the Swirly Seashells Thin Cuts to make all these little seashells. Since we didn’t need to spend nearly as much time trimming out the seashells, we had more time to add beautiful watercolor details to them instead.

We’ve shown you artwork made using two of the four new Thin Cuts sets, and given you just a small taste of the possibilities! Check out our promotions page to learn more about this limited-time offer!

Recipes

School Name Tags
D1706 My Acrylix® School Kids, E1030 My Acrylix® Handwritten Print, Z3255 Whimsy Fundamentals, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z3271 Archival Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3216 White Twine, Z3274 Clear Sparkles, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z3132 Watercolor Paints, Z3188 Paintbrush SetCC1158 Thin Cuts—School Kids

12″ x 12″ Seashells Page
C1664 My Acrylix® Swirly Seashells, Z3255 Whimsy Fundamentals, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5788 Raspberry Cardstock, Z3237 White Glitter Paper, Z2506 Adventure Exclusive Inks™ Mini Pigment Pads Set, Z2507 Sea Glass Exclusive Inks™ Mini Pigment Pad, Z2503 Basics Exclusive Inks™ Mini Pigment Pads Set, Z891 VersaMark™ Ink Pad, Z3274 Clear Sparkles, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z3132 Watercolor Paints,Z3188 Paintbrush SetZ2066 Ranger™ Princess Gold Embossing Powder, Z2088 Ranger™ Clear Super Fine Embossing Powder, Z555 Craft HeaterCC1155 Thin Cuts—Swirly Seashells, Z3167 Cricut® Artistry Collection, Thread

Cricut® Shapes:
Artistry
3 ¾” Shift+Icon-1 <Z> (cut 2, p. 31)
4″ Shift+Icon-1 <Z> (p. 31)
1″ font <Seashells Seashore>
¾” font <by the>

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